A local court today acquitted former UT Chief Engineer K K Jerath in a corruption case where he was accused of using government vehicles and staff for his personal purposes. The order was passed by the court of the Additional District and Sessions Judge Preeti Sahni.
The case dates back to the year March 2000. Jerath was accused of misusing two government vehicles and the services of the 15 employees at his residence. The alleged corruption took place place between the year 1989 to 1997 when Jerath was occupying the post of Superintending Engineer and Chief Engineer. His actions had caused the exchequer a loss of Rs 26.84 lakh (as salaries of the employees) and Rs 8.81 lakh as petrol cost.
The Vigilance Wing of the police had registered a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act against Jerath on an anonymous complaint in the name of Rastogi.
The charges were framed against Jerath in December 2004. During the trial,the prosecution examined 50 witnesses.
Fourteen of the 15 workers who were examined later
turned hostile and said that they were never employed at Jeraths residence.